Parent Meeting for Public Act 306 (Read by Third Grade)


Howard Learning Community,                                                                                              5/16/17

Howard Elementary will hold two informational meetings to present information regarding PA 306 signed into law this year. The law essentially states that students who are not reading at grade level by third grade will be retained.  The first cohort for this law are our current (2016/17) kindergarten students.

Even though this primarily effects only our current kindergarten families at this time, we are inviting everyone in our learning community to attend.  We will discuss the details of the law, how it impacts our schools and the initiatives that we will put in place to ensure that we are ahead of this issue including what parents can do to partner with us to ensure all students are meeting and exceeding the new state requirements.

  • The first meeting will be at 3:00 on Wednesday, May 24
  • The second meeting will be at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, May 24
  • Each meeting will last approximately 30-45 minutes.

We will hold monthly parent meetings starting in September, 2017 as part of our “Read at Home” initiative and action plan.

For more information about the law, please click on the following link:

PA 306 (formerly HB 4822):

Thank you,

Dan Blessing, Ed.S.

Interim Principal, Howard Elementary School

Howard Elementary Students Treated to Performance by the Michigan Opera Theater!

The Michigan Opera Theater treated our students to a wonderful performance of “Rumpelstiltskin” yesterday. This was a highly engaging learning experience for our students, and the highlight was when our 5th grade students joined the MOT on stage. Congratulations to our 5th grade opera stars; Ava Wolski, Hadeiyeh Kerek, and Andrew Montierth!


Howard 5th Grade Students taking bows after their performance with MOT!

Bottle & Can Drive

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Tomorrow is the last day for our bottle and can collection for our “Green Schools” program. When you donate the bottles and cans to Howard School, you are helping us beautify our building. We will be using the money to purchase flowers and flower bulbs for outside our entryway and flowerbeds. Please remember to only bring in plastic bottles or aluminum cans and bottles that can be returned for 10 cents. No Glass! Please also remember to rinse out the containers so they are not sticky. Thank you!


Howard Students Prepare for “Clean-Up Parade”

Our students and staff will be participating in the traditional “Clean-Up Parade” this year sponsored by the City of Dearborn to be held on Tuesday, May 9 at 1:30 PM.  The students will march in a short parade in the neighborhood along with City Officials and the Howard Staff as part of the “City Beautiful” program.  We hope many of our families will be on hand to cheer for our students as they march with their creative signs designed to inspire everyone to keep our city clean!

Mr. Gozzard with the Howard “Drum-line” preparing for the Clean-Up Parade!

Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP)

Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP)

For more information please visit Michigan Department of Education:

Dear Parents,                                                                                                                                                                                                                      April 3, 2017

This spring, students will be taking the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-Step). The testing window for administering these tests begins Monday, April 10.  This year, students will be taking these tests online as opposed to the traditional paper and pencil method.   Howard 5th grade students will start testing on Tuesday, April 11. Please see the calendar listing bellow for more testing dates.  Additional information regarding testing including the schedule for the 3rd and 4th grade (testing in May) will be sent home/posted the week of April 10.

5th Grade Testing Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

April 10

No testing


April 11

ELA Day 1


April 12

Late Start

ELA Day 2


April 13

Social Studies



April 14

No School

April 17


April 18

ELA Day 3


April 19

ELA Day 4


April 20

April 21


April 24

No testing

April 25

Math Day 1



April 26

Math Day 2

April 27

April 28


Please review the following test-taking tips with your child:

Before the test:

  • Help your child develop a positive attitude about the test with positive discussions before the test.
  • Keep them focused on striving for their best, but remaining confident in their ability to give their best effort.
  • Ensure your child gets a plenty of sleep the night before the test, but also make sure your child is on time so you are not rushing to school just in time for testing.
  • A healthy breakfast will help your child remain focused during the test.

During the test remind your child to:

  • Listen carefully to directions given by the teacher.
  • Ask questions if you don’t understand what to do.
  • Read each question carefully. Find the keywords to help you determine what the question is really asking.
  • Read the entire question and look at all answer choices to ensure you are making the best selection.
  • Use the strategies used in class to find the answer.
  • Relax and give your best effort!  I am confident that our Howard Dragons will rise to the challenge!


Dan Blessing, Ed.S.


Interim Principal, Howard Elementary School


Thank you Howard School Students, Staff and Parents for a very successful March is Reading Month!

“March is reading month” was a huge success at Howard Elementary School!  

  • Our students exceeded their goal of 200,000 reading minutes by accumulating a grand total of 230,000 reading minutes in the month of March!
  • Because they exceeded their goal, they were treated to a visit by “Batman” (AKA Mr. Blessing)
  • We had many guest readers from parents, extended family, and other everyday heroes!
  • Bingo-for-Books was a huge success. With many students and parents attending.  Everyone enjoyed the yummy hot dogs donated to our PTA by El-Sayed meats.  Every student won at least one book and many left with their hands full of books!  It was a great evening , and hopefully it inspired our students to read even more!
  • Every day our wonderful teachers and staff work hard to inspire our students and help them achieve academically!
  • Our PTA continues to amaze us with an incredible amount of support for our students!

It is a distinct honor to work with this amazing learning community!  Enjoy your spring break!

Dan Blessing, Ed.S

Interim Principal, Howard Elementary School



Teacher of the Year Award Nominations

It’s time for students to nominate their favorite Dearborn Public Schools teacher for the 2017 Alberta Muirhead Teacher of the Year Award, sponsored by the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, and presented by LaFontaine Automotive Group. The deadline for submitting applications has been extended to Thursday, April 13, 2017.
A link to an on-line nomination form can be found on the Districts website ( or directly at:
Printed nomination forms may be picked up at any Dearborn public school and the district’s Administration Office, 18700 Audette. They can be dropped off or mailed to the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, 22100 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48124, or faxed to (313) 584-9818. Adults may assist students in completing nominations when necessary, but no more than two teachers can be nominated per student.
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